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Anonymous
March 20, 2005 4:50:00 PM

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Can someone post some good links on instructions for reformatting the hard
drive. Thanks.

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Anonymous
March 20, 2005 4:50:01 PM

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To do a clean install boot the Windows XP install CD-Rom. When you get to
the point, delete the existing NTFS and or other partitions found. After you
delete the partition(s) abort the install, then again restart the pc booting
the CD-Rom to avoid unexpected drive letter assignments with your new
install.

Be sure to apply SP2 or at least these two below to your new install before
connecting to any network.
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyI...

http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/MS03...
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/MS03...


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"flopalock" wrote:
| Can someone post some good links on instructions for reformatting the hard
| drive. Thanks.
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Anonymous
March 20, 2005 4:50:01 PM

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flopalock wrote:
>
> Can someone post some good links on instructions for reformatting the hard
> drive. Thanks.

http://www.webtree.ca/windowsxp/clean_install.htm
http://www.winsupersite.com/showcase/windowsxp_sg_clean...
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=316941

Or, if you just want to format and install XP in your own custom way,
boot with a standard bootdisk and use fdisk to remove the partition,
then recreate it and format. The format will be fat32, but you can then
install xp and convert to NTFS later on.

Still, if your cdrom is working for bootable media then just boot with
the xp disk in and follow the propmts.






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Anonymous
March 20, 2005 4:50:01 PM

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In news:3a5uusF67n01iU1@individual.net,
flopalock <flopalock@yahoo.com> typed:

> Can someone post some good links on instructions for
> reformatting the
> hard drive. Thanks.


Just boot from the Windows XP CD (change the BIOS boot order if
necessary to accomplish this) and follow the prompts for a clean
installation (delete the existing partition by pressing "D" when
prompted, then create a new one).

You can find detailed instructions here:
http://michaelstevenstech.com/cleanxpinstall.html

or here http://windowsxp.mvps.org/XPClean.htm

or here http://www.webtree.ca/windowsxp/clean_install.htm

However why do you want to reformat and reinstall? In my view,
it's almost always a mistake. With a modicum of care, it should
never be necessary to reinstall Windows (XP or any other
version). I've run Windows 3.0, 3.1, WFWG 3.11, Windows 95,
Windows 98, Windows 2000, and Windows XP, each for the period of
time before the next version came out, and each on two machines
here. I never reinstalled any of them, and I have never had
anything more than an occasional minor problem.

It's my belief that this mistaken notion stems from the technical
support people at many of the larger OEMs. Their solution to
almost any problem they don't quickly know the answer to is
"reformat and reinstall." That's the perfect solution for them.
It gets you off the phone quickly, it almost always works, and it
doesn't require them to do any real troubleshooting (a skill that
most of them obviously don't possess in any great degree).

But it leaves you with all the work and all the problems. You
have to restore all your data backups, you have to reinstall all
your programs, you have to reinstall all the Windows and
application updates,you have to locate and install all the needed
drivers for your system, you have to recustomize Windows and all
your apps to work the way you're comfortable with.

Besides all those things being time-consuming and troublesome,
you may have trouble with some of them: can you find all your
application CDs? Can you find all the needed installation codes?
Do you have data backups to restore? Do you even remember all the
customizations and tweaks you may have installed to make
everything work the way you like?

Occasionally there are problems that are so difficult to solve
that Windows should be reinstalled cleanly. But they are few and
far between; reinstallation should not be a substitute for
troubleshooting; it should be a last resort, to be done only
after all other attempts at troubleshooting by a qualified person
have failed.

If you have problems, post them here; it's likely that someone
can help you and a reinstallation won't be required.


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Anonymous
March 20, 2005 9:55:49 PM

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On Sun, 20 Mar 2005 13:50:00 -0500, in
<3a5uusF67n01iU1@individual.net>
flopalock scrawled:

>Can someone post some good links on instructions for reformatting the hard
>drive. Thanks.

How to partition and format a hard disk in Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=313348

Using the XP Installation CD to Format Drives
http://www.theeldergeek.com/formatting_drives_using_xp_...

How do I format a NTFS
http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/format_XP.htm

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Anonymous
March 20, 2005 9:57:04 PM

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Hi

If you really need to reformat, please have a look at the following article
by Michael Stevens:

"How do I format a NTFS, Fat/Fat32 drive with XP installed?"
http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/format_XP.htm

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"flopalock" <flopalock@yahoo.com> wrote in message
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> Can someone post some good links on instructions for reformatting the hard
> drive. Thanks.
Anonymous
March 21, 2005 5:36:04 AM

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On Sun, 20 Mar 2005 12:29:03 -0700, "Ken Blake"
<kblake@this.is.an.invalid.domain> wrote:

>In news:3a5uusF67n01iU1@individual.net,
>flopalock <flopalock@yahoo.com> typed:
>
>> Can someone post some good links on instructions for
>> reformatting the
>> hard drive. Thanks.
>
>
>Just boot from the Windows XP CD (change the BIOS boot order if
>necessary to accomplish this) and follow the prompts for a clean
>installation (delete the existing partition by pressing "D" when
>prompted, then create a new one).
>
>You can find detailed instructions here:
>http://michaelstevenstech.com/cleanxpinstall.html
>
>or here http://windowsxp.mvps.org/XPClean.htm
>
>or here http://www.webtree.ca/windowsxp/clean_install.htm
>
>However why do you want to reformat and reinstall? In my view,
<Long wind snip>
>after all other attempts at troubleshooting by a qualified person
>have failed.
>
>If you have problems, post them here; it's likely that someone
>can help you and a reinstallation won't be required.

Waxing poetically on the errors of clean installs, help nobody.
If you thumped your chest half as hard on the merits of good image
backup, maybe less people would help here.


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